All Nations Community Church
Zechariah's Song of Praise
Christmas is a time for music! This 4-week Christmas series looks at four songs from the book of Luke (Mary’s, Zechariah’s, the Angels’, and Simeon’s), explaining what each says about the story of Christmas. Each song is about how Jesus came to set the world right, and we can be a part of this movement.
Locations & Times
  • All Nations Community Church
    18620 Kedzie Ave, Homewood, IL 60430, USA
    Sunday 9:45 AM
Big Idea of the Message: God hasn’t forgotten about anyone, God sent Jesus to redeem us from our sins to accomplish His plans through each person.

The Benedictus celebrates the birth of Zechariah’s son, John the Baptist, and the fulfillment of God’s promise of salvation for Israel.

Benedictus (Latin, “blessed”) is the word in the Vulgate with which Zechariah begins his prayer when his muted tongue is loosed: “Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel”
Zechariah's Profile:
Perfect set up for the Messiah's family, vv. 5-6
· Zechariah was a priest
· Elizabeth was a daughter of a priest
· Zechariah and Elizabeth was a couple that checked all the boxes to be chosen as the instrument through whom God send this Messiah.
· v. 7 holds so much pain: But they had no child, because Elizabeth could not conceive, and both of them were well along in years.
· Zechariah is about to have the opportunity of the life time, perform the temple service (8-10)

While performing this service, Gabriel shows up and totally changes his and his wife’s life!
· Told that they will have a son
· He reasoned why that would be impossible (he's old, she "advanced in age")

Since Zechariah could not make sense of this, he was muted until the birth of his son, John.
Zechariah’s song of praise falls into two parts: Praises and Prophecy

First Stanza:Praises for the Coming Messiah” (vv. 68-75)
The first (verses 68-75) is a song of thanksgiving for the realization of the Messianic hopes of the Jewish nation

vv. 68-70 – God “has come” or God has visited His people
· The Lord has, in the past made Israel’s people free.
· Here it means that God will rescue his people by means of the Christ.
· Many thought that this was a political rescue.
· But the work of the Christ was to make people free from sin and death.
· This work of the Christ was not only reserved for Israel but also people from every nation and every tongue that call on Jesus.

vv. 71-75 – God defeats our enemies
· The promise to Abraham was that God would defeat the enemies of his descendants.
· The descendants of Abraham include all who believe in the Lord Jesus (Galatians 3:7-9).
· The enemies Jesus defeats are not people but principalities: Satan, sin, and death.
Second Stanza:Prophecy about his son” (vv. 76-79)
The second part of the hymn is an address by Zechariah to his own son, who was to take so important a role in the plan of the Redemption;

John was to be a prophet and to preach the remission of sins before the coming of the Messiah.

The prophecy states that he was to "go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways" (v. 76).

vv 76-79 – Zechariah shares John’s identity
Zechariah said that John would be a prophet of the Most High God
o God could have shown up to John later to give this identity, but God gave it to the parents to give to John!
o This is a profound responsibility for parents to…
…prophesy over our children
…share with others the id of our children regardless of the historical data!
Before this prophecy is fulfilled… look at v. 80

What must I do?
1. Be alone with God (v. 80)
2. K.I.S.S. (Matt. 3:4) – Keep It Simple Stupid (don’t complicate life)
3. Trust that doors will open (Matt. 3:5) – Jerusalem, all Judea, and all the region around the Jordan came to him!)
Talk it over:
1. What is one thing that stood out to you from this week’s message?
2. Is there something God has said that you need to trust and obey?
3. How would you describe the gap between what you know and what you do?
4. Is there an area of unbelief in your life, like there was in Zechariah’s life, you need/want to be transformed to belief and obedience? If so, what are you going to do about it?
Explore the deity of Christ
Join Pastor Steve on 12/18 at 7 pm in the Fellowship Hall to discuss the deity of Christ. Send questions to Pastor Steve will answer one or more of these questions next Sunday.